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Trump targets McCaskill reelection bid in tweet

Trump targets McCaskill reelection bid in tweet
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President Trump targeted Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillOvernight Health Care — Presented by Purdue Pharma —Senate debates highlight fight over pre-existing conditions | Support grows for Utah Medicaid expansion measure | Arkansas health official defends work requirements McCaskill campaign says ‘intern’ who filmed campaign had access to voter data McConnell defends Trump-backed lawsuit against ObamaCare MORE (D-Mo.) in a tweet on Sunday, predicting a Republican candidate will take her Senate seat in 2018. 

"I will also be going to a wonderful state, Missouri, that I won by a lot in '16. Dem C.M. is opposed to big tax cuts. Republican will win S!" the president said. 

 

McCaskill is seeking a third Senate term.

But Missouri, which Trump won by 19 points in November, is seen as a potential pick up for Republicans in 2018.

Democrats lost Missouri’s 2016 Senate race, with incumbent Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntGOP loads up lame-duck agenda as House control teeters Congress moves to ensure the greater availability of explosives detecting dogs in the US McConnell sets key Kavanaugh vote for Friday MORE (R) holding off a challenge from the Democratic nominee, Jason Kander.

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The state's Republicans now appear to be rallying around Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley (R). 

Politico reported that the conservative Club for Growth has raised $10 million to support Hawley's Senate bid.

McCaskill, however, is likely to put up a strong fight, having already raised more than any other vulnerable Democratic incumbent in the second quarter of 2017.